A surprise around the corner / by Mario Mirabile

Sometimes you think it's just not going to happen for you. This was just such a day. I needed to go downtown, so as usual I took a camera with me. I didn't have any photographic goal - it was a shopping trip primarily. Never the less I was disappointed when I turned for the office, shopping completed, but without having seen anything I considered worth photographing.

As I walked up Little Bourke Street I passed up one of the myriad laneways and alleys that criss-cross central Melbourne. What I saw didn't immediately register as odd, and it took my brain a couple of seconds to process it. I backtracked, and sure enough there was a pair of legs and a hand clutching a book protruding from a doorway. Knowing the scene could evaporate without warning, I went to work immediately and got shots from several different angles. I like the contrast between the fashionable shoes (at least I think they're meant to be fashionable - I'm certainly no expert in these matters) and the grunge of the alley. I'm not convinced the colour treatment is right though, and may revisit it one day.

Just in case you're wondering, he's reading this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guns-Germs-Steel-history-everybody/dp/0099302780. Sounds interesting.

Tech Talk
Olympus E-30, Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 lens. This combination makes a reasonably compact (at least for a DSLR) high quality kit, and has, for the time being at least, become my everyday kit. As I said above I'm not sold on the differential colour treatment, mainly because it has been overused to the point of becoming a cliche. I think it has some merit here because it highlights the outrageously bright shoes.

Shot RAW and processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.